Update:Legislature Approves Longer Summer Vacation for Students
The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill designed to boost tourism spending by prohibiting schools from starting more than two weeks before Labor Day and requiring them to end before Memorial Day.
The Senate voted 25-10 for the bill and the House agreed 64-30 Tuesday night. The bill now goes to the governor.
Republican Sen. Trip Pittman said mandating a longer summer vacation would lead to more family trips and would generate more than $22 million annually in extra state tax revenue.
Opponents said families only have so much money to spend, and a longer summer will result in trips during fall and spring breaks being curtailed. They said stretching out the summer vacation will hurt students because research has shown the longer the summer break, the more students forget.
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